Friends,

Roman Kent will speak this Thursday, August 16, at the Oak Park JCC, 10 Mile Road, at 2 PM.
He will speak on the current situation of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, the recent demonstration in Jerusalem, as well as recent activities of the Claims Conference. See articles below.

Roman Kent was born in Lodz, Poland. He spent the war years of 1939 to 1945 in the Lodz Ghetto and in the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Mertzbachtal, Dornau and Flossenburg. He arrived in the USA in 1946 where he went to Atlanta, Georgia, first to High School, then to Emory University. Roman Kent is Chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Treasurer of the Claims Conference. He is Vice President of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous and Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including several from the Polish Catholic Church and the Polish Government. In 2005, he received the Highest Civilian Polish Award, the “Commander’s Cross of Merit”. Roman is a personal friend of Irena Sendlerowa and continues to visit with her frequently in Warsaw.

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(Statement by the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors on Israeli Survivors protest.)

Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
An American organization of Holocaust survivors is backing Israeli survivors seeking improved benefits from the Israeli government.

In a statement, The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants wrote that it “supports the Israeli Holocaust survivors in their attempt to get a measure of justice so that the impoverished survivors can live out their lives in dignity. It is our hope that the Israeli government will provide them with complete cooperation and help them meet their needs.”

Israeli Holocaust survivors have protested the government’s plan to provide an allowance that would start at about $20 a month and increase incrementally. Representatives of survivors’ groups and the government have been negotiating a new amount for the stipend.